Templates: Reusable Building Blocks for Complex API Monitoring

The API Science API includes a templates API. A template is the code that represents “a single URL request.” In a sense, then, a template is the equivalent of a software subroutine or function. It is called to perform an action that produces a specified output based on a specific set of input parameters. The […]

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What to Do when a Massive Cyber Attack Brings Down APIs

In mid-May, a massive global cyber attack was executed that affected major companies in more than 150 countries. Major victims of the attack included Britain’s National Health Service, “causing widespread disruptions and interrupting medical procedures across hospitals in England and Scotland.” Other major victims included Spain’s Telefonica, Deutsche Bahn (Germany’s national railway service), French carmaker […]

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How One Slow External API Can Bring Your Product Down

APIs receive a request from a user, gather data and/or perform some processing based on the request, then return the requested information (or other result) to the user. This sounds simple. But a lot can go wrong, and even when everything succeeds, the time it takes to complete the process can be highly variable. Greater […]

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Evaluating the Performance of Critical APIs Using API Science’s Data Analysis Tools

The API Science API monitoring platform provides an array of data analysis tools for viewing the performance of internal or external APIs that are critical to your product, from the top level (represented by our weekly summary report) down to the fine-grain details of the results from a single test run of an individual monitor. […]

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API Performance Outliers Based on Location

Monitoring API performance from various locations around the world is critical in order for you to know what your global customers are experiencing. The “Weekly API Science Report” that you receive with your API Science membership provides a good summary of the status of the APIs you are monitoring. A week ago, for my post […]

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